Overview of Skiathos
Even though it’s the smallest of the Sporades islands, cosmopolitan Skiathos has more than 60 gorgeous sandy beaches – one of the highest “scores” among all Greek islands. Dense pine forests, a picturesque town and vibrant nightlife complete its profile. Fortunately, Skiathos is one of those destinations where, despite the vast growth of touristic development, natural beauties remain largely unharmed (even after the “Mamma Mia!” film shooting that partly took place here).
The island’s only settlement is its town, which overlooks the Aegean. Its main street, named after Alexandros Papadiamantis (the well-known Greek novelist and island native), is always busy, filled with shops, cafes and restaurants. Skiathos is a fairly commercialized island, pricey enough, but affordable, with more than satisfactory amenities at any level. The past few years, the island’s nightlife tends to compete that of Mykonos. The noisy clubs and bars are mainly centered along a packed street at the east of the marina, as well as in the old harbor, where you can sip your drink sitting on big cushions set on benches and stairs – a typical night out in Skiathos. No wonder, then, why the island is so popular to young visitors who want to party till dawn.
On the other hand, Skiathos’ traditional face can be identified in its Old Town: narrow alleys, white & blue houses with small yards, neoclassical buildings, churches and everyday people who lead a peaceful lifestyle. The same applies to the less frequented parts of the island – and they are many to explore. Skiathos can be charming for both of these sides, depending on what you prefer: you can either be seen and get wild or enjoy its “secrets” and never tell.
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: [mappress mapid="732"]Among the best beaches of all Greek islands and also the most popular in Skiathos. Golden sand and delightful waters, sun beds and umbrellas in excess, cheerful atmosphere. Water sports facilities, found in the majority of Skiathos’ beaches, are a real treat here. Note also that the beach borders with the island’s protected wetland lagoon Strofylia. 10.0 : A small paradise accessible only by boat. White pebbles contrast with crystalline blue waters, set in an amazing rocky landscape. 10.0 : Organized beach with cafes and beach bars, also favored by young vacationers. 9.0 : Big Banana is crowded by young people who enjoy sunbathing in the golden sand and dancing to loud music from the beach bars. Small Banana is nudist friendly. 9.0 : Lovely waters, fine sand and every kind of amenities in offer. 8.0 : Beautiful large beach with sand and small pebbles set in lush pine scenery. 8.0 : Sandy, not organized and relatively quiet beach, with a canteen nearby. 7.0
: Steps Old Port, Skiathos town, Italian cuisine 9.0 : Skiathos town, Greek and international cuisine 9.0 : Troulos, Greek cuisine 8.0 : Steps Old Port, Skiathos town, Greek cuisine 8.0 : Skiathos town, Mediterranean cuisine 8.0
: A boat trip around the island reveals some of its precious highlights: The usual tour includes Lalaria beach, Kastro (the island’s medieval capital with fortress ruins and churches), the exotic, virgin Tsougrias islet opposite Skiathos, and also the caves Galazia and Skotini (the latter is known as “The Murderess” cave, after Papadiamantis’ famous novel of the same name). 10.0 : Boat excursions to nearby beautiful Sporades islands of Skopelos and Alonissos. 9.0 : While in town, pay a visit to Alexandros Papadiamantis Museum that used to be the author’s former residence. 8.0 : A small piney peninsula at the island’s entrance, ideal for a stroll. It features some castle ruins, a café and hosts cultural events. 8.0 : Monasteries Kounistra (offers great views) and 18th century Evangelistria. 7/10 7.0 : Have fun shopping and getting the most of the many entertainment options in Skiathos town. 7.0
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